Routines Help Kids Succeed
If your school-aged charges haven't started school yet, they will tomorrow.
In the September 2010 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discuss how nannies and au pairs act as tutors helping children with homework and school work. We discussed multiple intelligences and how each person has a different learning style. This week we will provide more homework advice.
According to Angela Norton Tyler, author of Tutor Your Child to Reading Success, as with everything you do with children, setting a routine is important when it comes to homework.
The whole point in establishing a solid routine is so that homework gets done with a minimum of stress and fuss. Homework should just be a small part of the day, like brushing one's teeth. Do not constantly talk about, debate, discuss, or fine-tune the homework routine. Set it up, and then expect every family member to follow it.
Nannies and au pairs should do their best to make homework time free from outside distraction. Don't schedule appointments or run errands during those times if you can help it. And, that's the thing: sometimes you can't help it. Stuff happens, plans change, Grandma arrives for an unannounced visit. Oh, well, the homework routine gets thrown out the window for one day!
We want children to become independent and self-motivated learners. In order for this to happen, we must give kids a routine, help them follow it, and then step back so that it becomes their own. Really, we don't have to be the Homework Police forever. If we expect and allow children to be in charge of their own homework, the day will come when they do it all by themselves.
Help your charge to be organized by creating routines. If she always does her homework in the same spot at the same time, it will become a part of how she does things throughout her school career.
Tomorrow: Making Homework Ground Rules
Have you helped the kids develop a homework routine?